Some things are way more fun when you add a little challenge? I said to myself, “Self, two over-ripe bananas sitting there on the counter. That recipe you have in your head, from someone’s grandma, see if you can mix it up and have it baking in the oven within 10 minutes.”
[Big bowl: 1/2 cup soft butter, 3/4 cup sugar, crack in two fresh eggs(beat with a whisk until you see no lumps)add the two smashed up bananas and run to the fridge to see what else you might have, add 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup water(give another good beating with your whisk or spoon) Stir together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder(dump it in and mix just until blended)Run to the freezer and look for nuts-dump in the rest of the bag of Walnuts-whole( I had about 1 1/2 cups left) Bake for 45 minutes in two loaf pans at 350 degrees.]
“Honey, could you take my picture with this banana bread?”, I ask. He took the camera, snapped and handed it back for me to check his work. I whined,” Ah, you can only see one of my eyes and there is a lot of junk on the counter.” He huffed a little, took a look and replied, “I think it’s fine, in fact, you look like a model. Haha. The banana bread shows up nicely.”
Thanks,dear. He’s right, this could be my break out, run-way moment. One-eyed, 50-something, plus-sized grandma begins new career wearing husband’s deer print apron and two loaves of banana bread. It does fit in with some of the strange headlines I’ve seen lately. The man lives to tease me and offered to take one more shot. . . .if I “stop trying to look cute and simply act like yourself”. I threw him my stretched-out-face-triple-chin look and he snapped it, like I knew he would. “Bet ya a hundred bucks you don’t use that one”, he chuckled. ( Guess he forgot about the time he dared me to run around the house bare-foot in the snow and had to pay up.)
Life in Big Stone County is happy on Memorial Day Weekend; eating banana bread(large walnut style) and having a few good healthy laughs. . . .ever and always grateful to those who keep us safe and ensure our daily freedom!